Manchester United want to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal ahead of Man City

Arsenal star's representatives contacted by those of United, reports Sky in Italy; unwanted Henrikh Mkhitaryan a potential makeweight in any deal

Reporter Kaveh Solhekol reports on Manchester United's pursuit of Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez

Manchester United want to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, according to Sky sources.

It is understood United boss Jose Mourinho also wants rid of Henrikh Mkhitaryan this month.

Sky in Italy are reporting that United are willing to consider involving the Armenia international midfielder in a swap deal for Sanchez, whose representatives have been contacted by those of United.

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Sky in Italy also understand United are ready to pay more than Manchester City for the Chile star, and would give him a higher wage.

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Sky Sports News - who have contacted United for their reaction - have received no information to suggest Arsenal have received a formal offer for the player at this stage.

According to Sky in Italy, City already have a financial package in place for Sanchez, should he leave Arsenal in the summer when his contract expires.

The potential deal would earn Sanchez £13m a year in wages, with the 29-year-old receiving a £30m signing-on-fee.

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Sky Sports News understands City are still keen on signing Sanchez, but may wait until the summer to avoid upsetting the balance of the squad which boasts a 15-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Pep Guardiola's side made a £60m Deadline Day approach for Sanchez, however, the deal collapsed when Arsenal were unable to sign Thomas Lemar as a replacement from Monaco.

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